The Tribunal Electoral (TE) sent a letter to President Ricardo Martinelli today asking that he veto the proposed electoral reforms that were approved yesterday by the National Assembly.
The TE judges say that at least 8 of the 16 articles in the reforms violate the Constitution and are contrary to the current Electoral Code rules. It states that the reforms limits the ability of the TE to intervene in cases of "dirty campaigning."
According to the initiative, the TE will have to request that the Electoral Prosecutor intervene in these instances and sets a 15-day deadline for action.
The judges also object to the restrictions placed on candidates "that borders on the unconstitutional."
The approval of the reforms yesterday prompted riots outside the National Assemly. One person was injured and another arrested.